Robins Air Force Base is mourning the loss of an important figure in its history.

Retired Major General Cornelius Nugteren, the longest serving two-star general to command the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 89.

Nugteren served at Robins from 1982 to 1988 where he was instrumental in building the Museum of Aviation.

He also helped establish the Mercer University School of Engineering during that time.

In 2004 he was inducted to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

He was also a senior advisor to the Mercer Engineering Research Center from 1996 to 2015.

A visitation is being held for Nugteren next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home.

His funeral is being held next Friday at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Warner Robins. Nugteren is being laid to rest in Andersonville National Cemetary with full military honors that afternoon.

Instead of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation, Christ United Methodist Church or Doctors Without Borders.